The first session of the game was entirely England’s name but from the second session onwards the Kiwi bowlers made a strong comeback and got 7 players out of the host team.
The New Zealand team, playing against England before the ICC World Test Championship, is showing a great game. In the second Test which started at Edgbaston on Thursday, she took the field with 6 changes but her level of play has not been affected in the slightest. The Kiwi bowlers have shown the way to the pavilion to 7 batsmen of the host team till the end of the first day’s play. Only 258 runs have been added on the score board. Also Read – Michael Holding said on the Olly Robinson controversy – should get a second chance
Although Rory Burns, who was in form for England, played a better innings of 81 runs but his team could not take advantage of it. Apart from Burns, Daniel Lawrence, who came out to bat at number 6, also scored a great fifty. He is currently unbeaten on 67*. Also Read – ICC World Test Championship 2021: Title match against India, New Zealand made this special strategy
Despite Burns’ 81 in the first Test, England were in trouble after losing 6 wickets for 175 runs. From here Lawrence (67 not out) then tried to handle the innings with Ollie Stone (20) with 47 for the 7th wicket and 36 runs for the 8th wicket with Mark Wood (16 not out). Lawrence has hit 11 fours in his innings facing 100 balls so far. Also Read – Ollie Robinson has full support of England team players: James Anderson
For New Zealand, apart from fast bowler Matt Henry and Trent Boult, spinner Aijaz Patel also took 2-2 wickets in his name. Earlier, after winning the toss and batting first, Burns gave a good start to the team by adding 72 runs for the first wicket with Dom Sibley (35). After this, in the second session of the day, New Zealand bowlers took 4 wickets for 85 runs and got the visiting team back.
New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson is also not part of the playing XI in this match. Apart from this, Mitchell Santner and wicketkeeper BJ Watling are also out of the team due to injury. Tom Latham is taking the responsibility of captaincy in place of Williamson.